Archive: June, 2012
There's not a single thing I could possibly add to Stephen Colbert's expert analysis of the worst scandal to hit Washington since the 40th anniversary of Watergate. He nailed it. Warch, learn, discuss -- and have a great weekend:
For what's happening on the so-called "education reform" front, that is? National education guru Diane Ravitch, who was for school vouchers before she was against them, asks the question about the Keystone State in conjuction with the same question about several competing states (and Bobby Jindal's Louisiana may be hard to top, frankly).
Here's one good answer:
Gov. Corbett sang with the group Up With People stood on a stage with a (bleep)load of white people today, and his message was: Release the crackin'...of ethane. Never mind that the Shell ethane-cracker plant in the western-Pa.-as-it-gets town of Monoca, Pa. will only create 400 actual on-site jobs in return for its !.7 billion tax credit bonanza, and an unknown number of indirect jobs -- unknown because his administration relied solely on job estimates by a Shell-funded group.
"Our efficiencies are below average." People have been telling me that for years.
This piece was published a couple of months ago, but it's suddenly more relevant today:
I have a simple rule -- beware of anyone who calls himself a "radical centrist."
Are you still wondering who's destroying America? I'd like you to meet Peter D. Kiernan, formerly a master of the universe. In 2001, he got out of the Wall Street racketeering business just as the first of their recent bubbles bursting, his billions intact. He decided his wealth entitled him to tell the rest of America how to solve its problems (which were largely created by folks like Goldman Sachs, but let's not digress..)
In other juiced news, here's a blind item: What Phillies' starter was nailed for using performance enhancing drugs -- yet still was batting .226 with only three home runs? How would his performance been if it hadn't been enhanced?
To say I'm not a big fan of either John Edwards or Roger Clemens would be the understatement of the century. I think the moral failings of both men were immense, but it's also questionable whether what either of them did rose to the level of a criminal offense. So it's interesting to see how they were treated in the media after their acquittals. You want to complain about an elitist media? Here's where you have a point. What the savvy, all-knowing media decides about guilt or innocence is what matters today, not what a dozen shlubs from the unwashed masses thinks.
This is all O.J. Simpson's fault, right?